How to import Outlook .pst files into Thunderbird

hello experts,
i have outlook and want to convert to thunderbird.  i have archive.pst and outlook.pst that contain all my email, contacts and settings.  how can i get this data into thunderbird?  i have tried to use thunderbird's import option but it tells me there was an error.  any help is appreciated.
superbeast23Asked:
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sunray_2003Commented:
Can this help you
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Linux/Q_21024960.html

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superbeast23Author Commented:
No, i dont have access to a IMAP account.
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sunray_2003Commented:
Do you have an option in thunderbird to import PST file ?
If yes , close OL when you are doing an import and check if that would help.

Can you import your PST fine into OL. THat would say the PST file is fine
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superbeast23Author Commented:
thunderbird allows settings, mail and address book to be imported but it does not give the option to select the location of a *.pst file.  its like it looks for a location of an outlook install and then somehow can trace where the *.pst file is located.  the problem is i just have the *.pst files.  i dont have, nor do i want, outlook installed on my box.
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sunray_2003Commented:
so you donot have OL installed on that machine and just got a PST file from a different machine ?
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superbeast23Author Commented:
yes
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RanjeetRainCommented:
The only way for you to reclaim your email is to do a temporary installation of Outlook on the PC where you want the import to happen. Once the import is complete, you can safely remove the program entirely, and your Thunderbird will be running fine.

You can see this page (http://support.real-time.com/tbird/outlook_import.html) for step-by-step instruction.
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RanjeetRainCommented:
Another option would be to do an indirect import. Export from Outlook to Text/CSV format and then import in Thunderbird from Text/CSV. But even for that you will need to have Outlook.
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